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Social Media is a Police Chief’s Nightmare

Social Media is a Police Chief’s Nightmare

By: Joseph Giacalone

Social media is a police chief’s nightmare. Amongst the other hundred things that could go wrong for them, social media has reared its ugly head in a terrible way. The Facebook post of Cherokee County Captain Jay Baker, the Public Information Officer, has caused a stir. As a result, the reaction was to delete the posts and then his entire account. That’s the equivalent of dumping bleach at a crime scene. “You are what you post” has become a real problem for police departments. Continue reading “Social Media is a Police Chief’s Nightmare”

A Defund The Police Experiment Gone Wild

A Defund The Police Experiment Gone Wild

By: Joseph Giacalone

A defund the police experiment gone wild. Minneapolis is a Defund the Police research experiment in real-time. The results so far are grim. Will politicians from other cities see the light or will they continue to charge into the Defund Abyss? New York City has two major elections coming up with serious implications for its future: Mayoral and Manhattan District Attorney. Will all of the candidates address the elephant in the room? Continue reading “A Defund The Police Experiment Gone Wild”

It All Can Change on a Dime

It All Can Change on a Dime

By: Joseph Giacalone

It can change on a dime. I know, I’ve been there. It’s nothing but a routine “clothes job.” Nothing routine about police work – nothing. Two NYPD officers were assigned d to aid a women remove some personal items that she shared with her significant other. The cops asked the right questions and deployed good tactics. That’s what kept them and the woman alive. Watch what happens and how fast it does: Continue reading “It All Can Change on a Dime”

Long Island Serial Killer Map

Long Island Serial Killer Map

By: Joseph Giacalone

The Long Island Serial Killer map is a work in progress. I’ve been working on it for awhile now and it’s time to let you decide what else gets added. The map included every victim from Hempstead Lake Park, to Manorville, Fire Island, and Gilgo Beach. I will add new information as it becomes available. With your help, we can make it better. Continue reading “Long Island Serial Killer Map”

Is the Long Island Serial Killer Case Ice Cold?

Is the Long Island Serial Killer Case Ice Cold?

By: Joseph Giacalone

Is the Long Island Serial Killer case ice cold? Yes. There has been little movement in the case. That’s all that we know. At this point in the investigation, it might be a good idea to release everything they have. Did the police record any of those call with Melissa Barthelemy’s sister? I have lots of questions. Continue reading “Is the Long Island Serial Killer Case Ice Cold?”

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

By: Joseph Giacalone

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre is probably the most infamous of the unsolved U.S. mafia murders in history. A long standing beef between the Irish of the North side lead by George “Bugs” Moran and the Italians of the southside lead by Al Capone, effectively ended on February 14, 1929. Continue reading “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”

Digital Forensics and the Physiological Time of Death

Digital Forensics and the Physiological Time of Death

By: Frank Thornton

During an investigation, the Physiological Time of Death (TOD) is often critical to investigators. This is especially true in homicide cases when the investigator tries to determine the victim’s last movements and whom they might have been in contact with at a given moment in time. Digital forensics can play an important role in determining the physiological time of death. Continue reading “Digital Forensics and the Physiological Time of Death”

Is Violent Crime Up in New York City?

Is Violent Crime Up in New York City?

By: Joseph Giacalone

Is violent crime up in New York City? It depends on who ask. 2020 is in the rearview mirror, but it may take years to understand the impact it has had on society. Violent crime is on the rise in many cities. In New York City, shooting incidents were up over 97%, there were 130 more murder victims, burglaries, and GLAs have all spiked. But what are the crime apologists saying? It’s fearmongering, police propaganda, and that overall crime is still down so what are you talking about? People’s lives are what I’m talking about. 130 more New Yorkers are dead due to violence. Continue reading “Is Violent Crime Up in New York City?”

How to Use the Fatal Force Database

How to Use the Fatal Force Database

By: Joseph Giacalone

The Washington Post’s Fatal Force database tracks police officer-involved shootings in the United States. It is the only database in existence. The FBI will release one soon, but unknown when. It will be interesting to see if the FBI data coincides with the Post, or will it diverge.

The Fatal Force database has tracked over 5,000 fatal encounters with the police since 2015. Fatal encounters have remained steady: Continue reading “How to Use the Fatal Force Database”

2020 Officer-Involved Shootings

2020 Officer-Involved Shootings

By: Joseph Giacalone

2020 Officer-Involved Shootings for 2020 have been calculated by the Washington Post. There were 1,003 total shootings, the largest number by four incidents since they started tracking them in 2015. 

Today, local politicians worry more about an officer-involved shooting than balancing their budgets. If you didn’t know better, one would think that there are packs of rogue cops all over the United States hunting down and killing people. But, then again, maybe you don’t. In the age of the Internet and access to all kinds of information, many choose to be ignorant of the facts. The statistics posted here are not opinion, but facts.  Continue reading “2020 Officer-Involved Shootings”